The Lysak Lab

About us

We investigate genome evolution across the plant kingdom at different levels of complexity:  

  • DNA sequences (NGS-based genome analysis)
  • Chromosomes (chromosome rearrangements, karyotype evolution)
  • Genomes (genome collinearity, polyploidy)
  • Species (speciation, phylogenomics)


Genome evolution in crucifers (Brassicaceae) is our leading research theme. We are analyzing the incidence, mechanisms and rate of chromosome rearrangements, sequence structure of chromosome breakpoints, modes of centromere shift and elimination, evolution of repetitive sequences, and reconstructing ancestral genomes. We are testing causal links between whole-genome duplication events, karyotypic variation and species radiations.


If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact us!



A new tree of life for the mustard family!

A major new tree of life for the cabbage family (Brassicaceae) was published on...

The missing maternal genome of camelina was identified

A tetraploid C. neglecta-like genome (2n = 4x = 26) was hypothesized by us to be the likely maternal ancestor of...

Chloroplast phylogenomics in camelina

The 84 assembled chloroplast genomes were used to infer phylogenetic phylogenetic relationship among Camelina species. The...

The fascinating evolutionary story of the Biscutelleae published in MBE!

We show that genome evolution in the crucifer tribe Biscutelleae (c. 60 species, 5 genera) was dominated by pervasive hybridizations...

Martin Lysak was awarded MUNI Scientist Award 2020

Selected scientists from Masaryk University were awarded for their outstanding research results and significant achievements in the...